The leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party are participating in large numbers in events being held at various places to mark the fourth International Yoga Day, but BJP’s ally in Bihar, the Janata Dal(U), has decided to skip the celebrations.

Unlike Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, those of the JD-U decided to stay away from the fourth edition of the International Yoga Day celebrations.

“People have been doing yoga in their homes. Yoga is a part of India’ culture,” JD-U state President Vashisht Narain Singh said in Patna.

JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said there should not be any politics on Yoga Day in the name of promoting it.

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“Yoga is a personal choice of people. It is their private decision to do yoga or not. I also do yoga at my residence daily and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too does yoga. But we never display it in public. Doing or displaying yoga in public place is wrong,” he said.

Notably, this is not for the first time that the JDU had distanced itself from the yoga day celebrations. Nitish Kumar’s party didn’t participate in the Yoga Day celebration in the last two years as well. The JD(U) was then in power with the Grand Alliance along with the RJD and the Congress.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus in Dehradun, saying the ancient Indian discipline has emerged as the most powerful unifying force in a strife-torn world.

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Addressing the large gathering in the backdrop of the iconic British-era building of FRI, Modi said yoga has shown the world the way from “illness to wellness” and enriching lives across the globe.

He said in fact the Yoga Day has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.

(With agency inputs)